The Middle Way

Zen Spot #2 -- Mindfulness, meditation, a southern exposure and tens of thousands of books February 18, 2015 14:37

On the second floor of the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, in the southeast corner of the building, is a quiet room with ceilings that rise at least two stories. The librarians ensure quiet. Homeless men and students occupy the same large wood tables -- reading, dozing, writing or hiding from the weather. 

In the corner furthest to the southeast, hidden behind several rows of shelves, darkened by a permanent shadow, standing meditation can consume you. The mantra of pages turning, patrons coughing, mice clicking and keyboards tapping immerse themselves in the sunlight that blasts quietly through giant windows. 

Stop by. Enjoy the peace. Listen.


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